Hiiii! I'm Tessa, CEO of SONOTESSA Coaching!
I am an:
I play the long game. No quick fixes, fad diets, shortcuts, challenges, or cookie cutter programs. I am 80% tough, 20% love, & will give it to you straight & always put your health first. I believe in setting foundations & building sustainable habits & practices that work on more than just fitness & food. My clients & I work on mindset & mindfulness, boundaries, routines, balance, & body image. I have personal experience being a client & patient, which is one of the reasons I am so passionate about my own business. Coaching has needed to change for a long, loooong time, & YOU DESERVE to be treated like the individual you are.
My fitness journey initially began in my late teens and early 20s. It ended with two eating disorders & a very negative relationship with my body, movement, & health in general. When I started my healing process, it took a lingering six years. I won’t lie, I was so scared to exercise or even count a calorie after recovery that I ended up on the complete opposite end of the spectrum — very overweight, unhealthy, & sad. It wasn’t until a trip overseas I looked at photos of myself & realized I went from one level of unhealthy to another. I didn’t want to die from being underweight, & I definitely didn’t want to die from being overweight, either. I wanted to find the balance.
Living in the gray area has always been hard for me, but I knew I had to try. I am SO glad I did. Never in a million years did I believe I would be a coach, but I truly believe I was meant to grow through everything in order to help others! Here I am, healthy, happy, thriving, & living in this world of wellness like I truly never believed could be possible. & you can, too!
The most beautiful thing about health & working with others is that this definition is different for EVERYONE. If you want to explore a healthier mindset, we can do that. If you want to better understand nutrition labels, we can do that. If you want to be able to move more easily, we can do that! If you want to be a badass, WE CAN DO THAT! I want YOU to be the happiest, healthiest version of YOU.
If I'm not coaching, I love the sun & spending time outside, traveling, eating gnocchi & donuts, animals, laughing… & you could say I’m an undercover rapper. (Throw up a beat & I’ll freestyle for you on sight.) I speak basic Italian & Arabic (having Italian grandparents & working in the field of international relations, education, & refugee resettlement prior to getting certified)! I have worked with students & clients from over 200 countries! I am a firm believer in treating everyone with respect & love, & meeting you right where you are.
My most favorite phrase is “un giorno alla volta,” or one day at a time. You never know what you can do until you try. So, what will you do with today? :)